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Piping Plover Research

Lake Superior State University student Michelle Kane cradles a two-week-old piping plover after it's been banded, weighed, and a tiny fluff of down collected for genetic analysis. Kane and another LSSU student, Gislaine "Gessie" Peters (green shirt), have been monitoring three nests of the endangered shorebird near Grand Marias, Mich., since May.

Student biologists monitor Lake Superior, Huron-area wetland health

Lake Superior State University student team sets a fyke net to collect fish and other aquatic organisms during a June 24 run on Ashmun Bay, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Federally-funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring project monitors birds, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and water quality to develop ecological indicators of wetland health. Continue Reading...

Student discovers that Atlantic salmon are reproducing in the wild

Roger Greil, manager of LSSU's Aquatic Research Laboratory, holds up a container full of Atlantic salmon fry that were hatched in the wild, not in the lab's hatchery. Evidence of Atlantic salmon reproducing in the wild was discovered by a student who was doing research on lake sturgeon in the St. Mary's River. Continue Reading...